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Screen Failure I just dropped a fairly light folder onto my 6400, bending the screen all the way back and causing the screen to turn off. After checking for initial visible damage(none) I restarted it, but to no avail. A few of the lights flash on and off but the screen remains off. It's also not making any noise, but they could be due to me used to noisy sever rigs. The battery is fine as it was working before the folder fell on it and I have tried swapping it out. I have a feeling the folder caused the 'hibernate' switch to get damaged so the laptop is stuck in hibernation mode. I can't see a switch anywhere for this though, I'm not even sure it has it since I've never used it before.

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  • Alex_B Oct 27, 2007

    Tried a monitor and the computer started up fine, and I had full control within my OS too. I'm going to see what happens now with the local computer stores, as I doubt i have the correct tools for fixing myself. At least now I can stop them from trying to resell me an entire new laptop since I know it works except for the screen.

  • Alex_B Dec 10, 2007

    Couldn't get it working myself, well I might have been able to but didn't want to end up breaking it more than it currently is. Took it to the store and got it replaced everything is working now, and didn't cost that much in the end. They did quote me a repair price but since they wanted to do testing and all that it was going to cost more... Thanks for the help.



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Ok, first, don't just run off the battery. Plug it in to the ac adapter. Then hook up an external monitor and see if there's anything there. Try booting cold and pressing F2 to access bios. If there's an image on the external, you probly blew the inverter (easy fix, 35.00 part)
Let me know how that works out.
Good luck

Posted on Oct 27, 2007

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    jim walenciak Oct 27, 2007

    boy, I'm sure glad I could help out there. Thanks for that "almost" rating . I live for being "almost" good enough.

    Good luck with the inverter. You're gonna need it.



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